Kelly was freed from jail after posting $100k of his $1million bail and is set to appear in court, after being charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse on four victims – three of which were underage at the time.
He pleaded not guilty and has now insisted on his innocence in his first TV interview since being charged.
Kelly appeared on CBS’ This Morning where he broke down in tears over the allegations and stressed that they are not true.
He claimed that he would be ‘stupid’ to have engaged in such allegations, given his past sexual abuse cases that he was not convicted for.
CBS teased the interview with Kelly on Twitter, with the Ignition hit-maker saying in the clip: ‘People are going back to my past… they are trying to add all of this stuff now to that, to make all of this stuff going on feel real to people.’
He denied that his past was relevant to new claims made against him because he ‘beat his case’ when previously trialled for different sexual abuse allegations.
‘Whether they’re old rumours, new rumours, future rumours, they’re not true,’ he said. Kelly broke down in tears when asked by interviewer Gayle King if he had ‘ever held anybody against his will’. He told King such accusations were ‘stupid’ before emotionally declaring he is ‘fighting for his life’.
Kelly said: ‘I don’t need to, why would I, how stupid would I be… all that I’ve been through in my past to hold somebody… how stupid would I be to do that? That’s stupid guys.
‘Use your common sense, forget how you feel about me, hate me if you want to, love me if you want to… how stupid would it be for my crazy past and what I’ve been through.
‘Stop it, y’all quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I’m fighting for my fucking life.’
Kelly is due to appear in court on the charges on 8 March, where if convicted, he could receive a sentence of up to 70 years in jail.